Hope and Change and Trump

Blind faith in politicians is misguided and does them no services.

Even if they understood the sentiment, conservatives never fully grasped “hope and change.” The rationale that propelled Barack Obama to eight years in the White House was as likely to be lampooned and dismissed as it was to be examined by the right. They mocked Obama’s true believers—those who expected the federal government to pay their mortgage and gas bills. These poor souls allowed conservatives to confirm their preconception that the Obama voters were mesmerized by a fantasy of which they’d soon be disabused. Obama’s more rational admirers deserved closer study. Eight years after “hope and change,” many of them were the subject of sobering journalistic profiles. Some abandoned Obama and Democrats for Trump whereas others were so disillusioned that they withdrew from politics. It is rarely spoken of, but Trump is buoyed by a sentiment similar to that which held Obama aloft. Equally unexamined is the widespread assumption that Trump is somehow immune from the pressures that yielded such dissatisfaction with his predecessor. He is not.

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